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World Atlas of Coral Reefs [Hardcover]

Mark D Spalding
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31 Aug 2001
Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world, host to an extraordinary variety of marine plants and animals. They are also one of the world's most fragile and endangered ecosystems. The growth of mass tourism, combined with the boom in popularity of scuba diving, has brought these spectacular ecosystems to public attention across the planet. Coral reefs provide essential fish habitat, support endangered and threatened species, and harbor protected marine mammals and turtles. They are a significant source of food, provide income and employment through tourism and marine recreation, and offer countless other benefits to humans, including supplying compounds for pharmaceuticals. Yet coral reefs around the world are rapidly being degraded by a number of human activities, such as overfishing, coastal development, and the introduction of sewage, fertilizer, and sediment. World Atlas of Coral Reefs provides the first detailed and definitive account of the current state of our planet's coral reefs. With its wealth of authoritative and up-to-date information, the finest maps available, and detailed descriptive texts and images by leading experts, this full-color volume will be a critical resource for anyone interested in these vital environments. World Atlas of Coral Reefs contains eighty-four full-page newly researched and drawn color maps, together with more than two hundred color photos illustrating reefs, reef animals, and images taken from space by NASA astronauts during the 2000 and 2001 space shuttle flights. The authors provide a wealth of information on the geography, biodiversity, and human uses of coral reefs, as well as details about the threats to their existence. Prepared at the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, England--the United Nations office responsible for providing authoritative information on the condition of global biodiversity--the Atlas will be a critical tool for scientists, students, policymakers, and planners at local, national, and international levels alike. Publication of the World Atlas of Coral Reefs is supported by international institutions including the United Nations Environment Programme; The Marine Aquarium Council, The International Coral Reef Initiative; ICLARM--The World Fish Center; the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, and the Aventis Foundation.

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (31 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520232550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520232556
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 21.4 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The authors have applied the best in contemporary marine science and cartography to a dauntingly difficult project, and the result is a credit to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The "World Atlas of Coral Reefs is a good example of the value to environmental policymakers of combining the accurate description of a valued resource with a sound understanding of the natural and anthropogenic forces which may alter and, at times, threaten it."--"Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Mark D. Spalding is Senior Programme Officer of UNEP-WCMC's Marine and Coastal Programme. Corinna Ravilious is a geographic information systems technical officer at UNEP-WCMC, and Edmund P. Green is head of UNEP-WCMC's Marine and Coastal Programme.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent book.. the maps are superb and the text is extremely informative. Every School/College and University should have a copy to aid in our understanding of the world around us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference work 3 April 2014
By J.M.
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Good information on coral reefs throughout the world, and threats that may affect them Not so much information on coral reefs themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is the price so high 6 Feb 2005
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This book, produced in association with the United Nations lists for US$31.50 in the US. There is NO reason why it should be 35 in the UK.
A real shame as its an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A groundbreaking (waterbreaking?) achievement! 22 Oct 2001
By Osha Gray Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As the author of books about the ocean, I've read a lot of other books and articles about coral reefs. This is by far the best and most thorough book of its kind. Want to know what conditions are like on the Great Barrier Reef system? Around the Red Sea? Off Sulawesi? This is the place to go for answers. With wonderful maps and easy-to-understand text, it's destined to become the standard reference for divers, marine biologists and armchair adventurers who just want to learn more about this precious and fascinating ecosystem.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 1 Feb 2002
By David N. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this for my daughter, a graduating Biologist, but it was so fascinating that I'm afraid she got a slightly used book. It covers all coral reefs anywhere in the world. The maps are superb, as are the color photographs of the reefs. Each reef had a discussion of conditions in the reef, and the life that grows there. It's a huge book but one starts wishing for more; more maps, more photos, more detail. Maybe in the next edition, but meanwhile we can enjoy this superb book just as it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very little information about corals! 8 Jun 2007
By Rob Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Having purchased Green and Short's "World Atlas of Seagrasses", also from California Press, I was quite excited to find this volume. Green and Short describe nearly all of the world's seagrasses, complete with line drawings and species comparisons, and map their distribution. They also include info on preservation, destruction, etc. It is an invaluable resource for anyone needing to identify or locate seagrasses. I was disappointed, however, when I received "World Atlas of Coral Reefs". The entire text is devoted to describing areas where reefs are found, but rarely mentions anything about the corals themselves! I saw <Diadema> listed more often than any coral genus! If you want to learn about the per capita fish consumption of Mauritius or phosphate mining on the atoll of Nauru, this is the book for you. If, however, you are interested in corals and the reefs that they construct (which is probably why you are reading this) you should move on to another book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 1 Feb 2002
By David N. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this for my daughter, a graduating Biologist, but it was so fascinating that I'm afraid she got a slightly used book. It covers all coral reefs anywhere in the world. The maps are superb, as are the color photographs of the reefs. Each reef had a discussion of conditions in the reef, and the life that grows there. It's a huge book but one starts wishing for more; more maps, more photos, more detail. Maybe in the next edition, but meanwhile we can enjoy this superb book just as it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Atals of Coral reefs 7 Nov 2011
By Crablady - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether you teach marine biology or are planning the long-awaited diving trip to a tropical location, this book is the comprehensive guide to coral reefs world-wide. For each area, information is provided on locations of reefs with special reference to threats to their survival. This is not a species identification guide but rather an ecological treatment. The book is most suited to the reader who already has some knowledge of the biology of corals.
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